Read: 1 Samuel 8:5-7
As a parent and now grandparent, I am often amazed at how many times I repeat phrases I heard my parents and grandparents say. One in particular is “be careful what you ask for, you just may get it.” Reading this passage bought to mind just how often in my own life this has happened. I remember wanting a particular pair of shoes as a teenager that my mother did not want me to have. I do not remember the reason why she did not want me to have the shoes, only that they were a major point of contention for several weeks. Finally, I won, but the victory was short-lived. The shoes killed my feet!
How often are we like the Israelites, telling the Lord what we want, rather than asking Him to show us what we need? I know that I am guilty. I so often ask Him to heal this one, bless that one, help this person through this crisis - without once stopping to just be quiet and let Him speak to me. It is in those times when I am still and quiet that I feel closest to my Lord, and He reveals himself to me.
Today, stop and spend some quiet moments with the Lord, and allow Him to reveal Himself to you.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God for spiritual insight and understanding of His Word. Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life. Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.